ritmos del mar y cielo (Rhythms of Sea and Sky)

Thank you for joining us at the Yard's 2017 Benefit!

Cuban Music at Sunset to Benefit The Yard featuring GRAMMY Winner Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Benefit Event 8.1.17

Photos by Stacey Rupolo
Food by Spring Sheldon

ARTURO O’FARRILL, pianist, composer, educator, and founder and Artistic Director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. His debut album with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a first GRAMMY Award nomination in 2006. His next album Song for Chico, earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2009. The 2015 release of The Offense of the Drum was yet another Grammy Award winner. Arturo was, in addition, the winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award, and a Cubadisco Award for The Offense of the Drum in 2015. His newest album release (August 21, 2015) is Cuba: The Conversation Continues on the Motéma label. This album’s Afro Latin Jazz Suite was awarded the 2016 GRAMMY award for Best Instrumental Composition.

The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (ALJE) is an octet/nonet made up of some of the most virtuosic musicians in jazz today. Their repertoire honors the pioneers of Latin jazz, like Mario Bauza and Tito Puente, while keeping a strong foothold in progressing that music by performing contemporary compositions of the genre. ALJE has teamed with the Malpaso Dance Company from Havana, Cuba, with which Arturo O’Farrill scored music in collaboration with Osnel Delgado, who choreographed their works together. The ALJE has performed internationally to critical acclaim, playing such festivals as the Cubadisco Festival (Havana, Cuba), the Luminato Festival (Toronto, Canada), Aperitivo in Concerto (Milan, Italy) and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA).

The appearance of Arturo O'Farrill and Musicians is made possible by the generosity of an Anonymous donor.